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20 TV Shows Recreated With Peeps

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1. Downton Abbey

This diorama is titled The Peeple of Downton Abbey by Tonya and Angela of Maplewood, Minnesota. The dollhouse-inspired scene shows four different rooms with marshmallow characters.

The entire cast is lined up for their portrait in this version called Peepton Abbey by Caroline Chase, Valerie Boyle, and Daniel Boyle. There were more Downton Abbey scenes in Peeps than I could keep up with, but you can see a couple more good ones here and here.

2. The Walking Dead

The gruesome AMC show The Walking Dead makes a great diorama with the help of raspberry jelly and red licorice. This scene by Loren Sciurba of Alexandria shows Shane escaping a hoard by shooting Otis and leaving him to distract the zombies.

What detail! Other Walking Dead dioramas are found at the Denver Post and the Pioneer Press. And I like this one featuring Darrel with his crossbow, although I can't seem to find the original artist.

3. Pee Wee's Playhouse

Pee Wee's Playhouse was an ultra-colorful kids show that still looks good in candy. Rebecca Cohen and Emily Salomon made this scene.

4. Game of Thrones

Epicurious posted a series of Peep scenes illustrating the HBO series Game of Thrones.

5. The Simpsons

There are a lot of Peep versions of The Simpsons, as the yellow characters are easy to depict. The best photograph of a Simpsons scene in Peeps is from a student team consisting of John Dern, Kim Moore, Allegra Williams, Cady Clas, and sophomore Chelsea Burke. It was a semifinalist in the Washington Post contest in 2007.

6. Dexter

A Peepisode of Dexter is a Peeps version of the serial killer series Dexter. Another contest entry depicts the same scene.

7. The Voice

The Voice is a talent show that's overtaken American Idol in popularity. As you can see in this diorama from Megan Lowell, Jessica Doody, and Dana Lowell, the judges select the best voices without seeing what the contestants look like.

8. Real Housewives

A soap opera diorama was submitted to the Washington Post contest this year by Talula Cordero. There are several Real Housewives series, but this one was custom-titled The Real Peep Wives of Dupont Circle.

9. Iron Chef

Is a cooking competition show rendered in food just too meta? Iron Chef turned into Iron Peeps in this Washington Post entry by Nancy, Katie, and Julie Eggar. The accessories are dollhouse furniture or handmade from clay. See another version of the same show in the Denver Post competition.

10. Nip/Tuck

The plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck was depicted in the 2009 diorama Peep/Tuck by Jennifer Storozuk, Kathleen Lyons, and Karen James.

11. Arrested Development

This title scene from Arrested Development was submitted to the Washington Post by thuytut.

12. The Price is Right

Game shows lend themselves well to Peeps, especially those with big, gaudy sets and contestants in costume, like The Price is Right. Kay Martinez, Maree Martinez, Stacey Rathbun, and Cynthia Abernathy created this in 2009. See this Peeps game in action at YouTube.

13. The Muppet Show

Muppets are colorful and tempting to recreate in miniature marshmallow form. Shown here are Muppets by Anna and Thalia Biglen. Another diorama has The Muppets posing in the show's opening sequence. Yet another version of the marshmallow Muppets is based on a movie, but it's worth a look.

14. Twin Peaks

Another submission to the Washington Post, this version of the David Lynch series Twin Peaks came from Hollys Bears.

15. The Monkees

A tribute to the 1960s TV series The Monkees was entered into the Pioneer Post competition by bboard61.

16. The Twilight Zone

The classic Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" starring a very young William Shatner inspired this Peeps scene by Allie Berg and Jonathan Herr in 2009. The black and white effect is part of the work; this was not altered after the photograph was taken.

17. Hee Haw

The long-running country music and comedy series Hee Haw becomes Peep Haw in this diorama. Karen McCoy's entry became a semifinalist in the 2007 Washington Post competition.

18. Swamp People

The series Swamp People is a reality show following the trials of bayou alligator hunters. In this scene from Michele Overton and Susan Anderson they are shown surrounded by marshmallows with hungry alligator faces. Another version showed up in the Pioneer Press competition.

19. Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Kim's wedding was memorialized in marshmallow, by Carolyn Polinsky and Emily Dunne. The title is, of course, Peeping Up with the Kardashians.

20. Batman

The 1960s TV series Batman is recreated here under the title Peepman and Boypeep Speed to the Peepmobile to Feed the Parking Meter. Liz Roberts made this in 2007 and made finalist in the WaPo contest. Note the "bat signal" that throws a Peep shape, and the parking meter showing its teeth!

See more Peeps dioramas at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Dallas-Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, the Denver Post, and The Washington Post.

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Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

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This Is What Flowers Look Like When Photographed With an X-Ray Machine
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Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Peruvian Daffodil” (1938)

Many plant photographers choose to showcase the vibrant colors and physical details of exotic flora. For his work with flowers, Dr. Dain L. Tasker took a more bare-bones approach. The radiologist’s ghostly floral images were recorded using only an X-ray machine, according to Hyperallergic.

Tasker snapped his pictures of botanical life while he was working at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Hospital in the 1930s. He had minimal experience photographing landscapes and portraits in his spare time, but it wasn’t until he saw an X-ray of an amaryllis, taken by a colleague, that he felt inspired to swap his camera for the medical tool. He took black-and-white radiographs of everything from roses and daffodils to eucalypti and holly berries. The otherworldly artwork was featured in magazines and art shows during Tasker’s lifetime.

Selections from Tasker's body of work have been seen around the world, including as part of the Floral Studies exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego in 2016. Prints of his work are also available for purchase from the Stinehour Wemyss Editions and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)

X-ray image of a rose.
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “A Rose” (1936)

All images courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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